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October 28, 2011


What's New This Week?


The Chill is in the Air

The Salvation Army is preparing for their annual Winter Warm Up to provide coats and warm clothing to those in need. They are asking for volunteers to help set up for the event on November 3rd & 4th and then more for the day of event on November 5th. If interested, contact Eloise or call 742-0006.


Who Won the Battle of Tippecanoe?

Volunteer and join the reenactment celebrations of the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Tippecanoe for free! On November 5th & 6th volunteers are needed to work the concession stand at the Historic Prophetstown for a few hours and then you are free to enjoy the festivities there and at the park for free. If you would like to be a part of history, email or call 765-567-4700.


Ring, Ring, Ring....Ring the Bell 

The Salvation Army is scheduling volunteer bell ringers to help raise funds throughout the holiday season! Mulitple red kettle locations are available throughout the greater Lafayette area and individuals, families, groups and organizations are welcome to sign up. Bell ringing begins on November 18 and continues through December 24 (no ringing done on Sundays). to schedule, contact Audrey or call 765-742-0006 x 4.


Turkey Day is Almost Here! 

Hanna Center is looking for volunteers to help with their annual Thanksgiving Dinner on the 20th of November. They are looking for cleaning and set up for Saturday, November 19th from 1 - 4pm then servers & seaters for the day of from 12 - 4pm and cleaners from 4:30 - 6:30pm. If you are thankful for having family to spend with, give of your time to those who may not! To sign up, contact Arianne or call 765-742-0191.


If interested in learning about more volunteer opportunities, contact Amy at the United Way Volunteer Center or visit:


"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." 
~James Matthew Barrie

*Still Needed*


Betty Crockers Needed 

Bakers here the call.....Lafayette Adult Resource Academy are in need of holiday cookies for 300+. You can bake them now and freeze them and take to LARA. Great family or group project! For more information contact Beth or Joanne at 765-476-2920.

Did you say Euchre?

Bickford Cottage are looking for volunteers companions for the residents. Join them in a game of cards, read to them or just visit and unlock the wealth of knowledge and experience they know! To find out how you can get involved email Rachel or call 490-6290.

Trains, Trains and more Trains!

Linden Depot Museum is gearing up for their Christmas Season. If you like to play with trains athey can use you or a group to keep the trains running, greet or run a cash register. The museum is open December 10th - 21st from 1 -7pm and over 1000 visitors come to learn about the history of trains and shop for that special gift. If you would like to Volunteer email Gary or call 765-427-3630.


Shhh....you're in the library! 

Librarian helpers are needed in several of our Lafayette Schools. If interested in helping by shelving books and checking in/out books for 1 hour a week or more, email Karen Combs or call 771-6036. No experience needed....they will train! Help raise a generation of great readers starting today!  


Did you say Chair Zumba?

Bickford Cottage are looking for volunteers who love helping people exercise. Fitness leaders are needed to help the seniors get and stay mobile! 1/2 hour classes run at 9:30am Monday - Friday. If you would like to run a class or two then email Rachel or call 490-6290.      


Are you good on the Phone? 

Big Brothers Big Sisters are looking for individuals to answer the telephone and welcome agency guests. Days and hours are flexible. If interested, email or call 765-446-2227.

B-I-N-G-O is the NameO

Bickford Cottage are looking for volunteers who love calling Bingo and visiting with their seniors! They have bingo on Thursdays at 1pm and Saturdays at 2:30pm. If you have an hour to have fun then contact Rachel or call 490-6290.


Be a Stable Person in a Child's Life

Sunnyside 5th & 6th graders are in need of some lunchtime mentors and after school homework helpers. The children are no longer elementary but not quite middle school and they are in need of some extra support. Lunch times are between 10:39 am - 1:35pm in four different lunch periods. If you would like to be a stable person in a young person's life contact Debbie Gutwein by email or call 771-6100 x 8429.


Christmas for Everyone

Christmas for Everyone is a community ministry of compassion organized by the Tippecanoe Evangelical Association of Ministers and Ministries and the American Red Cross to provide Christmas gifts for children in need in the Greater Lafayette area. Volunteers are in need to help with registration and data entry from 9am - 5pm. Shifts vary depending on availability, but ideally done in 4 hour increments. Bi-lingual in Spanish is a plus! For more information or to sign up contact Jennifer by email or call 742-6975 x 2215.  


Week of Caring


Photo Contest Winners


"Best Volunteer with Client Interaction"   

Wabash at The Arc

 Wabash National Volunteers interacted with the kids at The Arc dance for one of their Week of Caring projects! They received a $100 gift certificate to KFC!    


I don't know who had more fun....the kids or the volunteers! Thank you for your selfless giving of your time in many projects but especially taking the time to let the kids at The Arc know how much you care!




Thank you to all who submitted pictures for the Week of Caring Photo Contest. We had so many pictures and it was hard to choose!   

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Now accepting applications for United Way's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Last tax season we were able to assist in over $205,500 in returns to low income families. Now we need your help to ensure this program is a success again. VITA is your opportunity to help low income families in our community. We will provide free training and certification to prepare taxes beginning in January 2012. VITA is a WIN WIN WIN program. Our community wins because tax dollars that are saved can be spent locally to boost the economy. The client wins because taxes are prepared accurately and for free saving an average of $200. As a volunteer you win because this is a great opportunity to give back while also learning how to prepare your own return. To volunteer or for more information about VITA contact Jennifer Million at (756) 742-9077 ext. 227, text (765) 237-2344 or visit our website.


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 Helping Children Develop Compassionate Muscles


How do children learn to feel connected to their communities and know they can make a difference in the world? The answer isn't as complex as it might seem.  


Like many college students who grew up to become civically-engaged, Danielle talked about developing compassion at a young age. When her father took her to visit nursing homes as a child, Danielle said, "I could see how much people were hurting there and how they appreciated our presence. Learning compassion for people I didn't know is something that's stuck with me."


Developing compassion in elementary and middle school-aged children is akin to developing muscle strength. The more you use your muscles, the stronger they get.


Children who participate in programs that teach kindness, empathy, and compassion and who have families that reinforce those strengths at home develop the muscles they need to become civically-engaged adolescents and adults.


During the teen years, they reach deep within themselves, access these muscles, and develop social and civic identities that last a lifetime.


Regarded as one of the greatest human virtues by all major religious traditions, compassion is an emotional response and attitude toward others that is deeply empathetic. It enables us to connect to human suffering with care and understanding, acting in ways that brings comfort to those around us.

Compassion causes us to remain charitable, even if others behave negatively. Research shows that compassion plays a key role in helping children develop into engaged, caring, and optimistic adults.


Children Can Make a Mark in the World!

Today's post comes from Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD, a developmental psychologist, educator, researcher, writer and speaker who is passionate about helping young people and organizations achieve their highest potential and maximize outcomes for the public good.